Best of Australia rewarded

Penny ThomasThe West Australian
Karijini National Park was a finalist for Best National Park.
Camera IconKarijini National Park was a finalist for Best National Park. Credit: Dan Avila/Tourism Western Australia

Hot chips on the beach, regional bakeries serving scrumptious baked goods, country pubs full of colourful characters and finding a spot to swim in an iconic setting are just a few simple pleasures Australians enjoy when holidaying at home.

Shining a spotlight on Australia’s most underrated travel experiences, the team at have revealed the winners of this year’s people’s choice Uniquely Aussie Awards.

Raking in thousands of nominations from people from all over the country, the award categories included Best Jaffle, Best Vanilla Slice, Best Country Pub, Best Hot Chips, Best Hotel Pool and Best National Park.

From a list of 60 finalists, including six national winners, New South Wales dominated this year taking the crown for Best Jaffles with Miss Jaffles in Cronulla and Best Country Pub with Beechwood Hotel in Beechwood.

While no Western Australian businesses received a national award, Perth’s Varsity Bar was named a national finalist for Australia’s Best Hot Chips while Foxtrot Unicorn, which is stationed along St George’s Terrace in Perth came runner up in the Best Jaffle category.

Fish and chips at Varsity Bar.
Camera IconFish and chips at Varsity Bar. Credit: Supplied

Other state finalists nominated from WA were The Shearing Shed in Northampton for Best Vanilla Slice, Settlers Tavern in Margaret River for Best Country Pub, Cable Beach Resort in Broome for Best Hotel Pool and Karijini National Park for Best National Park.

“Country charm, cheesy jaffles and creamy vanilla slices — no one does them quite like Australia, and the thousands of nominations we received this year shows Aussies are a passionate bunch,” says Wotif managing director Daniel Finch.

“There’s so much to love and discover about Australia, and with a really exciting summer period ahead, we hope to inspire and encourage Aussies to plan their next adventure and support local businesses.”

As Aussies gear up for an epic summer, the awards are a reminder that often the best holiday memories are made by taking your time and enjoying the underrated travel experiences.

“With an increased appetite for domestic exploration, and to satisfy Australia’s ongoing (friendly) state rivalries, this year Wotif is again revealing each state’s finalists,” Finch says.

“For those wanting to take their time exploring or unable to travel interstate right now, we’re excited to recognise the top contenders from around Australia, proving that no matter where you are in Australia, there’s a local gem worthy of the support.”

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